Covid Sydney anti-lockdown protests: two men charged with assaulting police horses

Villains who attacked police horses during Sydney lockdown protests are indicted along with 55 others after officers were attacked and pelted with potted plants in photos that shocked Australia

  • Chaotic anti-lockdown protests took over Sydney CBD on Saturday afternoon
  • Mounted police were called in to control the demonstrators at the town hall
  • Coward was photographed hitting a police horse during disgusting scenes
  • Two men have been charged for their handling of police horses during demonstrations
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Two protesters have been charged with animal cruelty after attacking police horses during Saturday’s violent anti-lockdown protests.

The despicable moment when a maskless rioter struck a horse named Tobruk was caught on camera and sparked an immediate investigation, with authorities making a public appeal online to track down the person involved.

But there were several other incidents during the day where other horses were pelted with stones and potted plants as the riots spiraled out of control.

On Sunday, 33-year-old Kristian Polkownik and 36-year-old Remon Korkise will face the local Parramatta court for their treatment of animals during the demonstration.

The confrontational image of Tobruk being attacked came as tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of cities across Australia on Saturday afternoon in simultaneous protests against Covid-19 lockdowns.

A cowardly, maskless thug was photographed beating a police horse during Saturday’s violent anti-lockdown protest

A long-haired protester – wearing a T-shirt with the message ‘free speech – more important than your feelings’ – was seen throwing his left fist at the horse’s face during chaotic scenes outside Sydney City Hall station.

A total of 57 protesters in Sydney were charged with various crimes and a special force was set up to track down thousands of maskless protesters.

Protesters were filmed attacking police and throwing potted plants at officers on horseback as the demonstrations ended in chaos.

Frenzied crowds heard shouting ‘you serve us!’ to the police while others were filmed crashing officers into a garden bed.

There were wild scenes of protests in Sydney's CBD on Saturday afternoon, prompting Gladys Berejiklian to swear the activists would undergo 'the full force of the law'

There were wild scenes of protests in Sydney’s CBD on Saturday afternoon, prompting Gladys Berejiklian to swear the activists would undergo ‘the full force of the law’

There are concerns that the protests will lead to a devastating Covid super-spreader event.

NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian vowed Saturday night that those gathered for the illegal demonstration would undergo “the full force of the law.”

“I am disgusted by the illegal protesters in today’s city whose selfish actions have endangered the safety of all of us,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“The protesters have shown great contempt for their fellow citizens who are currently suffering.”

Ms Berejiklian thanked the ‘brave officers who risk their safety’.

NSW police have asked for help identifying the long-haired man in this photo who hit Troop horse Tobruk during Saturday's wild anti-lockdown protests

NSW police have asked for help identifying the long-haired man in this photo who hit Troop horse Tobruk during Saturday’s wild anti-lockdown protests

NSW Police later released a photo of Tobruk resting in his stable to show the horse was unharmed

NSW Police later released a photo of Tobruk resting in his stable to show the horse was unharmed

“This type of activity during the lockdown will not be tolerated and the full force of the law will be imposed against anyone engaged in this type of illegal activity.”

NSW Police Secretary David Elliott labeled those who took part in the demonstrations “boofheads” and said 90 fines had been imposed statewide and many more arrests were expected.

“What we saw today were 3,500 very selfish idiots – people who thought the law didn’t apply to them,” he said.

Wild protests broke out in Melbourne and around Australia on Saturday as thousands of reckless residents demanded an end to lockdowns

Wild protests broke out in Melbourne and around Australia on Saturday as thousands of reckless residents demanded an end to lockdowns

‘If we don’t . to see [Covid] I will be very, very surprised in the areas where these protesters came from,” Elliott said.

“It was just a whole bunch of half-hearted people. I have no doubt that at least one person there had COVID today, it’s statistically impossible for us not to consider that.

“I’m calling on all 3,500 people to get tested tomorrow, even if it’s not for themselves in the interest of their family and friends.”

NSW Police have set up Strike Force Seasoned to identify and prosecute those who broke the law during the protest.

“Our officers have already started identifying those in attendance and will continue to identify and prosecute all those who broke the law today for as long as necessary,” said Deputy Police Commissioner Mal Lanyon.

Some protesters took it upon themselves to set off smoke bombs during protests in Melbourne where six were arrested

Some protesters took it upon themselves to set off smoke bombs during protests in Melbourne where six were arrested

Protesters were met by mounted police outside Sydney Town Hall - and neither group was willing to back off

Protesters were met by mounted police outside Sydney Town Hall – and neither group was willing to back off

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